President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended the “Dignified transfer event on Sunday, marking the homecoming of U.S. service members remains.
AP reports Biden traveled to Deleware, Dover Air Force Base for a “dignified transfer” movement, a military ritual of receiving the remains of fallen troops killed in foreign combat.
“The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others,” Biden said in a statement Saturday, as Breitbart News reported. “Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far.”
Biden also promised to help Americans evacuate Afghanistan after the August 31 deadline for withdrawal.
Dover hosted family members of the fallen as they returned to home soil.
Biden’s trip to Dover is a first for such a movement, the AP report outlines.
Eleven of the 13 Americans killed were Marines. One was a Navy sailor and one an Army soldier.